Tina Fey: I'm not endorsing so I don't get hit up for donations
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Tina Fey says there’s a simple reason she won’t publicly endorse a presidential candidate in this year’s election: She doesn’t want anyone hitting her up for campaign donations.
“If I have [made a 2016 pick], it’s private,” Fey said with a smile, “because then people will try to get money from me. That’s my money!”
ITK caught up with the “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” alum Tuesday at the Washington premiere of her new dark comedy film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” at the United States Navy Memorial. 
Fey plays a reporter who heads to a war zone on assignment. The film, produced by Fey and “SNL” creator Lorne Michaels, is based on journalist Kim Barker’s 2011 book, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”
Fey, famous for her crushing portrayal of 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, says that since leaving “SNL,” she hasn’t had to follow primary night coverage and the presidential debates with as much intensity.
“I watch most of the debates,” Fey, 45, explained, “but when you’re watching them to look for jokes, you’re watching them really intently and with a different eye than when you’re just a voter.”
The eight-time Emmy Award winner quipped: “Just by watching ‘The Today Show’ every morning, I’m getting a certain funnel of the political drama.” 
But, she continued, “I was definitely smarter and more knowledgeable about politics when I was at ‘Saturday Night Live.’ ”
A slew of real-life politicians has hit the “SNL” stage over the years — Democratic presidential candidates Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI MORE and Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid MORE made cameos this season, and GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRed states find there’s no free pass on Medicaid changes from Trump Trump meets with Moon in crucial moment for Korea summit The Memo: Trump flirts with constitutional crisis MORE guest hosted in November — but Lorne Michaels was mum on whether the sketch comedy show would tap any other political figures in the coming weeks.
“I think, literally, we don’t know week-to-week,” Michaels said. “I can tell you what we’re doing for the next two weeks in March.”
Some lawmakers and VIPs might have been trying out their best material for Michaels, though, on Tuesday at the screening hosted by Paramount Pictures and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA): Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden; Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryJohn Kerry to NYU Abu Dhabi: We can't address world problems by 'going it alone' Juan Williams: Trump's dangerous lies on Iran Pompeo: US tried, failed to achieve side deal with European allies MORE; MPAA Chairman and former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.); Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google struggle to block terrorist content | Cambridge Analytica declares bankruptcy in US | Company exposed phone location data | Apple starts paying back taxes to Ireland Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by PCMA — Trump hits federally funded clinics with new abortion restrictions Senate Dems call for probe into why Trump has not issued Russia sanctions MORE (D-Ohio), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.), Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowThis week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by CVS Health - A pivotal day for House Republicans on immigration GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary MORE (D-Mich.), Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart Franken100 days after House passage, Gillibrand calls on Senate to act on sexual harassment reform Eric Schneiderman and #MeToo pose challenges for both parties Senate confirms Trump judicial pick over objections of home-state senator MORE (D-Minn.) and Jim RischJames (Jim) Elroy RischSenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA House passes bill to help small businesses guard against hackers Menendez admonished by Ethics panel, which says he broke the law MORE (R-Idaho); and Reps. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMystery in Mueller probe: Where’s the hacking indictment? Top Intel Dem slams Trump claim about FBI informant Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in after Texas school shooting MORE (D-Calif.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) were all eyed among the crowd at the exclusive event.
While Fey remained tight-lipped about which of the current crop of White House hopefuls she’d get behind, she did encourage a certain political outsider to run.
“Baba Booey,” she offered, referring to the nickname for radio host Howard Stern’s longtime producer, Gary Dell’Abate.
“It’s his time,” chimed in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” screenwriter Robert Carlock. “He’s been waiting in the wings.”
“America needs more Baba Booey,” Fey added.